Market Overview

The market for Biometrics Performance Monitoring IT tools and products is relatively new and unknown. We interpret that this market is the convergence area between several, in themselves, emerging markets: Biometrics, Application Performance Monitoring (APM), Event and Correlation Analysis (ECA), and general IT monitoring products.

The following market break-down intends to give an overview of the IT tools and products and some of the players in those categories; some of which are dedicated and specially-designed for Biometrics Performance Monitoring; and some are wide-purpose (or narrow-focused) and proprietary APM, ECA, or other open-source software that can function as tools for Biometrics Performance Monitoring.

We believe each of these products in each category have their pros and cons and that an end-customer will benefit to use more than one tool depending on its business goals and requirements and scale of the project.

OBL's Biometrics Performance Monitoring software tool, BioUptime

OBL's Biometrics Performance Monitoring software tool, BioUptime

Biometrics Performance Monitoring, specialized and off-the-shelf products
In 2003 the Swedish company Optimum Biometric Labs pioneered this product category by developing a fully dedicated IT tool for Biometrics Performance Monitoring called BioUptimeMany biometric algorithm and device vendors provide comprehensive set of system events (via their APIs and SDKs) that can be integrated with and deployed by specialized and off-the-shelf Biometrics Performance Monitoring IT tools.

Biometrics Performance Monitoring, built-in and integrated solutions
Some biometric vendors and solution providers have their own built-in and integrated Biometrics Performance Monitoring IT tools that are designed to work specifically with their own solutions.

Application Performance Monitoring (APM) products
APM products can be used as tools for certain roles in Biometrics Performance Monitoring. According to Gartner Magic Quadrant for APM (2010): Market leaders are: HP software and solution, CA, Quest Software, Compuware. Challengers are: IBM Tivoli, Opnet Technologies, Nimsoft, Oracle. Niche players are: NetIQ, MQSoftware, SL, AmberPoint, Fluke Network Systems, AVIcode, INetco. Visionaries are: Progress Software, Nastel, Precise, OpTier.

Event Correlation and Analysis (ECA) products
ECA products can be used as tools for certain roles in Biometrics Performance Monitoring. According to Gartner Magic Quadrant for ECA (2010): Market leaders are IBM, HP, BMC Software, Microsoft, CA Technologies. Visionaries are Quest Software, Zenoss, and NetIQ. Some of niche-players are Uptime software, Tango/04, Groundwork open source, Argent software, eG Innovations.

Open-source and freeware tools for general IT monitoring 
There are many open-source and freeware IT monitoring tools in the market that when customized can be used as tools for certain roles in Biometrics Performance Monitoring.

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